- Was your non-JW parent ever a JW?
- Who was responsible for your religious upbringing? The JW or the non-JW?
- Did they argue about it?
- Were you forced to go?
- Did the non-JW parent have any real say in how the family celebrated holidays?
- Over all what impact did this split household have on your childhood and even later in life?
- What would you want therapists to know about your situation?
- Any other thoughts?
JW parent got upset about non-JW's uninterest.
A couple times as a child I didn't want to but was guilted into it.
Sort of. But the non-JW parent didn't are either way, so it didn't matter.
I worry about their arguing and other problems. Many are caused by the Non-JW parent and are not religion-related, but some by the JW parent are frequently tinged with vague references to dying in armageddon. That worried and terified me as a child, and the repeated warnings that the non-JW would eventually hate us, oppose us, try to hurt us scared me and still makes it hard to not be scared of others and to trust them.
7) I wasn't given much choice but to "love" Jehovah and mistrust all non-JW relatives. It made life scary, lonely, and awkward. All caring and love was conditional, all of life's pleasures were temporary (and therefore hard to enjoy) because of Armegeddon coming so very soon.
8) It still makes me sad.